Stun­ning Glaziers Bay home ticks all the boxes

Dock4 Ar­chi­tects are rapt to be able to bring their af­ford­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly de­signs back into the mar­ket, writes JAR­RAD BE­VAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

Light, warm, flex­i­ble and Tas­ma­nian, Ho­bart ar­chi­tect Giles New­stead is thrilled to bring his fully mod­u­lar, sus­tain­able, lo­cally-built houses back into the mar­ket­place.

Giles and a fel­low ar­chi­tect came up with the gene­ses of this de­sign about 10 years ago.

The houses were mar­keted and built for a few years, later shelved, and now Giles has the idea back up and run­ning un­der the name ehabi­tat.

Pas­sive so­lar de­sign is em­bed­ded in the con­cept of ehabi­tat.

“In some ways, we may have been a lit­tle ahead of our time,” he said.

“The mar­ket has caught up a bit with this sort of of­fer­ing.”

Giles is the di­rec­tor of ehabi­tat and also a di­rec­tor of Dock4 Ar­chi­tects.

His uses dif­fer­ent shaped mod­els to build widely dif­fer­ent plans that suit the needs of each owner – from a sin­gle bed­room house to a large fam­ily home.

“A mod­u­lar sys­tem like this is a bit like a big Lego set when you are de­sign­ing with it,” he said.

“There is also a pre­fab­ri­ca­tion el­e­ment to ehabi­tat’s post and beam con­struc­tion that arrives on site pre­cut and ready to bolt to­gether.

“It’s all based around a 1200mm by 2400mm sheet size. Ex­te­ri­ors are of­ten a ce­ment sheet but there is a range of op­tions avail­able.

“The sheets sit in a frame of re­growth Tas­ma­nian hard­wood. In­side a home, we would use ply­wood, painted or left in its nat­u­ral colour, which looks fan­tas­tic.

“As much as we can we used Tas­ma­nian prod­ucts.”

Due to the style of build­ing these houses are “pretty speedy” to con­struct.

Giles said they can be “close to lockup” in just a few weeks.

“There is very lit­tle wastage, they can be put to­gether very quickly. A new de­sign that we will be launch­ing soon will have dou­ble glaz­ing and in­creased in­su­la­tion as stan­dard.

“The dou­ble glaz­ing fits di­rectly into a re­bated frame, they plug straight in which keeps the costs down while al­low­ing us to have plenty of win­dows for the pas­sive so­lar and to take ad­van­tage of a prop­erty’s views.”

The name ehabi­tat has two el­e­ments, the “habi­tat” por­tion com­ing from the idea that “your habi­tat is more than just liv­ing in­side your house.

“It’s about what is hap­pen­ing all around the build­ing as well,” Giles said.

“When we de­sign these houses, of­ten the deck is an important, cen­tral court­yard. It is also about all the lit­tle al­coves and mov­ing around the build­ing at dif­fer­ent times of year.

“The ‘e’ refers to the green, sus­tain­able side of this project.”

Cost-wise, an ehabi­tat home is com­pa­ra­ble to a stan­dard ar­chi­tect-de­signed build. “Where you save a lot is the ar­chi­tect fees be­cause the de­tail­ing has al­ready been done, we don’t have to re­draw from scratch for ev­ery unique house,” he said.

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